- Apr 14, 2008
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Bird’s Eye Brutalism
Why would you want a hospital of all things to look so menacing and uninviting?1975 rendering of the Lahey Hospital's new campus out in Burlington... sharing not so much because the architecture is noteworthy but more for the mood that a black and white rendering of an institutional behemoth as filtered through a gritty, faded newspaper print can create. IMO it doesn't get much more big, bad brutalist seventies than this
From Burlington Retro
Maybe that's why it wasn't approved the first time it was brought up at Town Meeting in the early 70s (though a lot of opposition at the time was due to local support for Woburn's Choate Hospital and Winchester Hospital.. In the end, it didn't end up looking a whole like that. It was a just as bland, but turned out to be a somewhat symmetrical, less menacing building built into the hillside (a good change from many hospitals which are the result of add-ons and end up with very confusing floor plans. When it was expanded in the 90s, the extension built-the third segment, closest to 128 with the void underneath and signage- looked like it was built with the original two segment building). Burlington Retro, by the way, is one of the better local history sites I've seen.Why would you want a hospital of all things to look so menacing and uninviting?
Government buildings I can understand, but not this.
For anyone interested in hard modernism while scratching their SvV itch…OMG!!! HE'S ALIVE! The article is by none other than "Mr. Soaring Tower" himself, Scott Van Voorhis. It's been ages since I've come across his name and I'd given up all hope that his name would ever grace the pages of aB again. Glad to learn he's still out there and appears to be doing well.
Hm, that's an oddly reasonable, informative, and engaging piece by him--at least, as compared to the snarky, bile-drenched nothingburgers, strewn with gratuitous potshots,* he spewed out while at B&T.
Apparently it’s a library and event center by the mostly brilliant David Adjaye.
And a nod to another library not far away in downtown Orlando (especially that sweeping interior staircase), designed by none other than "Harvard Five" John Johansen:
Today's rendition of "questions I've never thought to ask before": What's the deal with those brick bump-outs on the north(?) side of City Hall? Are there rooms there? If so, why couldn't they fit into the building proper?
Sedita Court… it’s a missile platform, right? Come on. You can tell me. Cold war crazy too big to move? Gotta be.Beer Sheva, Israel
Madison park high school, Boston.
Frank sedita court, Buffalo.
Concrete ages horribly in this climate, with a lot of drainage related staining. Painting old concrete has worked well on the remaining section of the GC Garage. I'd recommend it on St Paul's Lutheran as well but with a lighter color. Here's the painted portion of the GC Garage (photo by Beeline):St Paul's Lutheran, Route 2 Hilltop, Arlington has this little brutalist/modernist gem on the original "Concord Turnpike" street which nobody sees ever since the expressway Route 2 cut through the hilltop and the old street became an access road (on the North/Arlington side of Rt 2, opposite the Mormon Temple; map linked below)